I try to keep the clutter on this blog to an absolute minimum, I try to attain this by carefully considering what to blog about and by having a personal blog which tries to cover all the non-technical stuff I find relevant to share.
However, sometimes very interesting comes along which does not exactly reside in my knowledge domains but is technical enough to belong here, and hence “forces” me to blog about it in “The Combined Corner”.
Ever try to remember who you bumped into at the store a few days back? Or exactly what the company president said at the morning meeting?
Well, you’re not alone. And IBM researchers are working on software that just may help you better recollect all the forgotten pieces of your life.
This week, the company unveiled software that uses images, sounds and text recorded on everyday mobile devices to help people recall names, faces, conversations and events. Dubbed Pensieve, the software organizes bits of collected information, stores them and then helps the user extract them later on.
“Today, we’re flooded with information. It’s an information overload and we’re not capable of handling it,” said Eran Belinsky, an IBM project leader. “This would relieve us from the anxiousness or need to try to remember everything. And there’s the issue of trouble with recollection. [It’s like] your index is broken. You know you know something, but you can’t get there. This could help people having trouble with their memory reconstruct their memories.”
IBM’s project is akin to one that of Mr. Gordon Bell and a couple of other scientists at Microsoft Research have been working on for the past nine years. Bell, a longtime veteran of the IT industry and now principal researcher at Microsoft’s research arm, is developing a way for people to remember different aspects of their lives.
MyLifeBits has Bell supplementing his own memory by collecting as much information as he can about his life. He’s trying to store a lifetime on his Dell laptop. Collecting telephone conversations, music, lectures, books he’s written and read and photographs he’s incessantly taken, Bell is amassing a great database of his life.
Interesting stuff… 🙂